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In our time of worship each Sunday, you might see people raising their hands.  Perhaps this is new to you.  What’s the purpose of lifted hands?  For some, it’s a sign of surrender to God.  It may be an act of adoration and praise.  Or, it can be a visible expression of our dependence, much like a young child would lift up hands to a father or mother.  

 

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Reggie Joiner has coached families and leaders around the country, and is widely respected for how he personally models the principles that he teaches.

Here are 9 of Reggie’s leadership lessons to highlight for this Father’s Day.

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Can I issue a challenge to all of us for the summer?

Don’t miss out on being with your church family.  Enjoy vacation time away, but when you’re in town, don’t miss out.

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There’s a principle we see in life that is clearly taught in the Bible.  You could call it the law of the harvest: “You always reap what you sow” (Galatians 6:7).

Consider these truths that come from a single principle:

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This past Tuesday we had our Annual Meeting, electing leaders (see bulletin announcement) and giving thanks for many demonstrations of the Lord’s grace and strength this past year.  An Annual Report is available for pickup at the Literature Display.  You’ll be encouraged by a quick visual overview of what God has been doing in and through our Grace Church family! 

Here are a few annual report excerpts:

  • There were 199 individuals who publicly declared their faith through baptism in 2016, with lots of great stories of how they came to Christ!  We had 980 guests who attended Grace through the year, many of them invited by folks like you!  One commented: “Grace was like no service I have ever been to before.  I haven’t been to church in 14 years and I definitely plan to come back.”
  • 600+ kids attend classes each week (Sunday & Wednesday) at Grace.  The Jr. High took its first out-of-country missions trip (Bahamas), and over 80 high school students regularly serve in some capacity.
  • Sex trafficking continues to be a horrific abuse worldwide.  Grace supports about 100 girls in three homes led by Remember-Nhu in Thailand and Myanmar, providing a wonderful safe haven and ongoing education and care for children who are at-risk.
  • 156 services were conducted in 10 area nursing homes by a total of 40 volunteers.
  • Men’s Fraternity averaged about 200 men each Saturday
  • 360 women gather weekly to study God’s Word, and 450+ monthly for Latte and another 200+ for Moms Uplifting Moms.  For all of us, the goal is to make (and be) disciples who love Jesus, grow with others, and serve the world.
  • The Hope Center, led by our own Eileen Wilson, now ministers to 250 refugees and immigrants each week with about 20 Grace folks serving on a regular basis.  Also, monthly hot breakfasts are served at Laura's Home for women and children in crisis.
  • Grace’s affiliated counselors had 3,800+ total client appointments in 2016.
  • The Young Adult Ministry launched in September 2016 and meets every Thursday night at 7pm in the Venue.  120-130 people gather for a message, worship, discussion and fun interaction with others.
  • A great number of those who attend Forever Young are consistently involved in serving in a variety of ways, within and beyond Grace Church. They are to be commended for “still bearing fruit in their old age.” Psalm 92:14
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